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Old Jun 19, 2012, 5:20 PM   #1
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Thinking of going to the Goodwood festival of speed this month so was wondering what would be the best lens for car shots ? I've got the 14-54 but I think at times its not wide enough .. so am thinking of hiring the 9-18 or 11-22 or should I try and concentrate on technique and composition of the wee beasts?
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 7:08 PM   #2
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I don't own the 14-54, but Fred has posted some excellent auto shots with his 14-54. He might have some tips to offer.
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I don't own the 14-54, but Fred has posted some excellent auto shots with his 14-54. He might have some tips to offer.
Dang it, Steve! I was JUST going to post those very words!
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Can't answer your question mate but I really want to see some of your shots from there.
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Of the two lenses, I only have some experience with and recommend the 9-18. It is just a remarkable lens for those close up fill the frame shots and is sharp as a tack for the static set shots.

Here are some shots I made one Friday evening at a local fun drive in using the 9-18, http://tinyurl.com/7zryevo

I should add that for his showing the cars were stacked so close that profile or 3/4 profile were not possible, thus the close up detail shots.

I watch the TV specials at Goodwood and would love to see it in person, such great vintage vehicles. The people and events are really special too. I hope you will go and I am looking forward to any photos you may make.
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I don't own the 14-54, but Fred has posted some excellent auto shots with his 14-54. He might have some tips to offer.
Thank you Steven and Gary
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I only have a 14-54 and that is what I use for car shows
I like to get close and level with the center of the car and almost fill the frame
But that is my preference
The best thing about cars . They do not move and you can get good Composition
and take as many shots at different angles. If you can wait for the spectators to leave the frame
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Well I'm not Fred but you can see a set of what I feel are good car photos here:
http://tkurkowski.smugmug.com/Other-...681216&k=Pf5Gh

They were taken with the 7-14mm, generally at the longer end. So from my experience Bob isright that the 9-18 would be good if you don't have the 7-14. A few examples:










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Some Nice Car pictures BoBB and Ted
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I like to get close and level with the center of the car and almost fill the frame
But that is my preference
My preference is to get a bit higher than standing on the ground - to me that captures the shape of the car better. So I bring a small step stool along, which admittedly is a bit of a PITA. But the good thing about art is that it shows there are different ways of looking at the world.

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If you can wait for the spectators to leave the frame
And that's the reason for a UWA lens - 14mm at the widest. Otherwise you're standing farther away and other people, who have the effrontery to also want to see the cars, walk in front of you.

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Some Nice Car pictures BoBB and Ted
Yours too! Although to us motorheads, was there ever a bad photo of a car?

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Yours too! Although to us motorheads, was there ever a bad photo of a car?

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I second that! (Well, with the possible exception of the photo that Ted posted once of a purple Smart for Two car.)
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